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Textbook Wisdom: Want to Help At-Risk Students? Get Your Book Orders in Early

Posted by Lori Reese on 1/23/18 5:30 AM

Welcome to our third installment of Textbook Wisdom, a Foreword Online series that speaks directly to faculty about course material issues. This week’s article deals with a perennial bookstore concern: Early adoptions. Post it on social media — and email the link to faculty. Bridge the gap between bookstores and educators.

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Best Adoption Communication Articles 2017

Posted by Lori Reese on 1/9/18 5:30 AM

Finding ways to reach faculty about early adoptions is a perennial concern for college retailers. Faculty are often unaware that timely textbook choices do more than increase efficiency. They ultimately help students save money and receive more for their books at buyback. Because translating the nuances of the textbook industry to faculty in a way they understand is an ongoing challenge, we’ve compiled our top five most-read adoption communication articles from 2017.  Explore what you might have missed or bookmark this page as a reference.

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The Ichabod Shop “Memes” Business; Get Adoptions In

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 4/17/17 5:30 AM

The Ichabod Shop at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, has found a way to make faculty aware of the deadline for course material adoptions, open the door for more conversations and be the “person” departments want to hear from daily.

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Adoptions – Communication Leads to Savings and Student Success

Posted by Jason Smallheer on 3/29/17 5:30 AM

Without proper course materials available on the first day of class the chances of student success are reduced, faculty is unable to teach a course in line with administrative goals, and student and faculty retention become a challenge.

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Kirkwood Community College: Communicating Success With Expo

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/13/17 5:30 AM

Part of working in higher education is spending a good portion of each day trying to solve problems. What if you could address the concerns of faculty, staff and students while building your school’s relationship with its publishing partners, vendors and wholesalers — in just one event? It sounds too good to be true, but that’s what Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recently did.

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Madison College Tackling Textbook Costs Through Teamwork

Posted by Liz Schulte on 2/9/17 5:30 AM

A frequent point of contention between students and their school is course material affordability. Students want better prices, but their expenses keep going up. Often the cost-savings battle is fought on all fronts with each side of the issue squared off into their own corner, but what if it didn’t have to be?

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Educate Faculty about Adoptions [Marketing Materials]

Posted by Kate Seat on 2/24/16 1:30 AM

When faculty members submit their adoptions on time (or early), your students have more opportunities to save when they purchase their course materials the following term. To make it easier for you to communicate the important role your faculty play in the price of textbooks, we've rounded up a selection of the free resources we've created over the past couple of years. Browse the materials below and simply click on each image to download each item or set.

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Pizza Party Nets GVSU Record Early Adoptions

Posted by Dean Asher on 10/26/14 11:00 PM

Faculty adoptions can be a historic pain point for college bookstore operators. Whether courses and instructors aren’t finalized in time for the bookstore's deadline or they’re just plain busy, faculty seem to wait until or after the last minute — or later — to turn in their adoption lists for the upcoming term.

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